Make way for a champ
By RODNEY STEVENS
THE name Nathan Sullivan may become more familiar to Clarence Valley residents following the teenager's selection in the Paralympic Preparation Program Emerging Talent Squad.
Nathan's selection, a result of his strong athletic performances in the past two years, has provided him with the opportunity to compete in the Far East and South Pacific Games (FESPIC) in Malaysia in November and December.
Sullivan, a 16-year-old Grafton High student, will compete in the 100 and 200-metre track events at the FESPIC Games under the watchful eye of Athletics Australia representatives looking for talent to represent Australia at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
The promising young sprinter has been invited to attend two Athletics Australia training camps, on the Gold Coast and at Scotts Head, in the lead up to the State titles in Sydney in September.
Trained by Terry West three times per week at Junction Hill, Sullivan said he much prefers sprinting to long distance running.
"I am running very well at the moment," he said.
"I admire John Steffenson and hope to achieve what he has in athletics."
Sullivan, who was the recipient of the North Coast School Sports Association Sporting Blues
Award in 2005, was also selected to carry the Queen's Commonwealth Games baton.
In an effort to assist the Sullivan family in meeting expenses involved with Nathan's blossoming athletics career, the Grafton Lions Club has established a trust account with Westlawn Investments for Nathan and contributed $200 to assist with the cost of travel expenses.
Anyone who is interested in contributing to Sullivan's athletics career is asked to contact Westlawn Finance on 66422022 or Grafton High School on 66448265 to make a donation.